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OIG Lists Cybersecurity of Medical Devices and HIPAA Among its Priorities for 2016

The Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) 2016 Work Plan, released November 3, 2015, calls for increased scrutiny of protections of electronic protected health information (“ePHI”) with respect to “networked medical devices.”...more

CMS Makes Significant Changes to Stage 2 Meaningful Use and Finalizes Stage 3

On October 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule (Final Rule) that streamlines Stage 2 and finalizes Stage 3 of the Medicare and Medicaid electronichealth record (EHR) Incentive...more

Legal Risks Facing Nursing Home Providers and Reducing Risk with Clinical Documentation

Documentation in Electronic Health Records: - Nursing homes lag behind other providers in electronic health record system adoption - Of 472 nursing homes in New York, there was a 7.7 percent increase in EHR adoption...more

OIG Alert Shows Increased Concern over Data Blocking

In a report to Congress last April, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Technology addressed the growing issue of data blocking. Data blocking occurs when some person or entity knowingly and unreasonably...more

CMS and ONC Issue Final Rules for EHR Advancement

On October 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Human Health and Services ("HHS") released two final rules related to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs (collectively, the "EHR Incentive...more

ONC finalizes interoperability roadmap, includes milestones to be achieved by 2017

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently finalized the first version of its interoperability roadmap, Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide...more

Office Of Inspector General Issues Policy Reminder On Information Blocking And The Federal Anti-Kickback Statue

The federal anti-kickback statute (42 USC § 1320a-7b(b), the “Statute”) prohibits individuals and entities from receiving or soliciting any remuneration for the referral of services reimbursable under any federal health care...more

OIG Warns Information Blocking May Affect Safe Harbor Protection

In an alert published October 6, 2015, the OIG reminded the public that “information blocking”—generally described as individuals or entities knowingly and unreasonably interfering with the exchange or use of electronic...more

A Recap of National Health IT Week

National Health IT Week wrapped up on Friday. This may have been the most eventful week in the ten year history of the event, which is organized by the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Below are a few...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Congress Avoids a Government Shutdown... House and Senate Approves Measure to Expand the Affordable Care (ACA) Act Small Group Market to 100 Employees...Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurers to Receive Only...more

New Opportunity to Comment on Key Components of Medicare Physician Payment Reform: CMS Issues 30-Day Request for Information on...

On September 28, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a request for information (“RFI”)seeking comments on two key components of the physician payment reform provisions included in the Medicare...more

Comment period extended for NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has announced that due to stakeholder feed-back, the period to submit comments for the draft guide, “Securing Electronic Health Records on Mobile Devices” has been extended...more

Payment Innovation: 30 Day Window to Provide CMS Comments on Physician Payment Changes Under MACRA Begins

On September 28, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder comments related to innovative physician payment models required by the Medicare Access...more

Clinically Integrated Networks: Privacy and Security Concerns with Sharing Data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is changing reimbursement methodologies for healthcare providers from a fee-for-service model to a value-based model. Healthcare providers are responding to the changing...more

EHR: Improving Care or Complicating Litigation?

Electronic Health Records (EHR) were generally promised to decrease costs and improve health-care outcomes. Setting aside whether those promises were well founded, EHR have posed new challenges for litigators. What makes...more

Private Equity Investment in Healthcare: 15 Healthcare Investment Niches – A Review of Key Sectors for 2015

Private equity investment in healthcare continues to grow considerably. This article provides thoughts, observations and insights on 15 investment niches. It also provides some initial thoughts on the market as a whole....more

NIST Issues Draft Guidance for Mobile Health Data

With health care breaches constantly on the rise, increasing access to electronic health records (EHRs) from mobile devices, and more prevalent “shadow” cloud use, health care organizations are getting a bit of help from the...more

HIPAA Security Requirements Aren't Cloudy, Especially to Whistleblowers

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS OCR) announced that it had entered into a settlement agreement with St. Elizabeth's Medical Center (SEMC) in Brighton,...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: CMS Releases Guidance on Fast Track Process for 1115 Waivers for Medicaid and CHIP... CEO Sends Letter to State Insurance Commissioners Concerning 2016 Premium Decisions... Medicare Board of Trustees...more

21st Century Cures Act – Provisions Relating to Digital Health: Interoperability and Information Blocking

On July 10, 2015, the House of Representatives approved the 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6) (the “bill”) by a vote of 344-77. In addition to increasing medical research funding and expediting the process of making breakthrough...more

Changes Are Afoot for Quality Measures and Physician Payment Provisions

In the proposed Medicare Physician Fee schedule (PFS) update for 2016, CMS announces a number of new policies, making changes to several of the quality reporting initiatives that are associated with PFS payment, and begins...more

CMS Proposes Reporting and Payment Changes in Proposed 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Rule

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published its Calendar Year (“CY”) 2016 Physician Fee Schedule (“PFS”) Proposed Rule in the Federal Register. The rule proposes new physician payment...more

Connecticut legislation establishes statewide Health Information Exchange

Effective October 1, 2015, this legislation contains several provisions to encourage the free exchange of patient health information among providers and consumers. Hospitals, health systems, and electronic health record (EHR)...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Leading Up to the SCOTUS King v. Burwell Decision... House Votes to Repeal the Medical Device Tax... CMS Announces It Will Bolster Transitional Reinsurance Payments... MedPAC Releases June Report to Congress....more

Medical Informatics Engineering discloses data breach

Electronic health record (EHR) vendor Medical Informatics Engineering and its subsidiary, NoMoreClipBoard, which is a personal health record (PHR) product, notified its EHR clients and PHR individuals that it has been the...more

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